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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of central banking

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... adviser on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has urged the bank to buy more private-sector assets, other than government bonds. This raises the question whether central banks ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says an overreaching monetary policy only delays the inevitable and dents banks' credibility While politicians fiddle, central bankers seem only to be adding ...

  2. 'No plans' for higher interest rates, says central bank chief

    Posted Mar 06th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Christine Chan in Beijing However, steps will be taken to rein in inflation if it worsens The mainland has no intention of raising interest rates for now, central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan ... if such an increase would warrant intervention by the central bank. But one of his deputies, Liu Tinghua, was more forthcoming. He said the central bank would not stand idle if inflation worsened, ...

  3. Central bank battles move against curbs on spending

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Congress saw the number of provincial members of the Politburo outside the Standing Committee increased from five to seven. They are expected to seek a greater share of central tax revenue. ... fiscal policy, worried over a combination of inflation and potential damage from bad investments in areas such as property and heavy industry. But the central bank appears to have lost the debate ...

  4. Home lending rates likely to fall below 3pc

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reserve's rate-setting committee meets on Wednesday. But the prospect has alarmed some local lenders, who are concerned that their funding costs on the interbank market may not decline in tandem ... rise, their lending margins will be squeezed and their profitability will come under pressure. The market is expecting the Federal Open Market Committee to follow up last week's surprise 75 ...

  5. Mainland risks a return to central-planning mindset

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... third-largest trading nation and private property is constitutionally recognised. Nevertheless, important remnants of central planning and control remain, which impede Beijing's proclaimed goal ... top-down central planning. The major problems on the mainland stem from weak institutions, not from the lack of 'scientific development'. As Peter Bauer, a pioneering development ...

  6. Central bank tightens limits for new loans

    Posted Jan 15th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The mainland's central bank has ordered the country's biggest lenders to limit new loans and warned commercial banks that they would be penalised ... of China had set the total new-lending target for the banking system this year at 3.63 trillion yuan. New loans made last year reached 2.9 trillion yuan. The central bank wants to tighten lending ...

  7. Central bank to break out weapons to cool economy

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Authority to tighten monetary policy to curb inflation The central bank said yesterday it would use various tools to implement a tighter monetary policy, a day after ... liquidity management. The central bank pledged to use 'forceful measures' to curb inflation, prevent investment bubbles and rein in overheating, according to a statement posted on its ...

  8. Meddling central bankers can be a bigger threat than speculators

    Posted Feb 28th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... implications for financial stability.' Joseph Yam Chi-kwong Hong Kong Monetary Authority I DON'T BUY IT. What we have here is central banker talk that ignores the culpability of central ... trade and investment flows. But the conclusion that then arises, at least the one central bankers favour, does not necessarily apply. It goes as follows: The result of currency speculation ...

  9. Despite dollar doldrums, Asian central bankers have little choice

    Posted Feb 26th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland IT HAS BEEN a turbulent week in Asia's foreign exchange markets. Rumours, hastily denied, that Asian central banks were planning to sell US dollars sent the American ... officials and central bankers. For many foreign exchange dealers, this seemed to confirm their worst fears: a sinister conspiracy among Asian governments to manipulate the world's currency ...

  10. Champion Reit nets HK$269m on rise in Central office rents

    Posted Aug 09th 2007, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... months that it operated last year. The reit, which earns income from the grade A office complex Citibank Plaza in Central, achieved distributable income of HK$257.04 million from April 26 ... on the gross rental area, HK$15 higher than in December last year. Strong demand from the banking and financial services sectors and shrinking vacancy rates were pushing up office rents in Central, Mr ...




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